Yet the golf course is likely to provide the stiffest challenge. After rainfall and at 6410 yards in length, the par 72 course is playing as one of the longest on the 2009 LET tournament schedule.
Brewerton, the 2009 Open de Espana Femenino champion, said that the course was to her liking.
“The course is fantastic. It played as one of the longest courses I’ve ever played in a pro event. Every par four you seemed to be hitting in five-iron, six-iron, four-iron. The par fives you couldn’t really get up on them. It’s in excellent condition; the greens are amazing. It’s kept in very good shape. The fairways are like greens almost; they are so smooth. I really enjoyed the course actually. It was completely different to last week in China. There was quite a bit of adjusting to do because there the greens were really slow and grainy and here they’re just like glass. I’ve a bit of work to do on that but overall it’s probably one of the best courses I’ve ever played.”
She felt that the slick greens would suit her better than at last week’s Suzhou Taihu Ladies Open in China, where they were a little slower and she tied for 19th place.
“I felt pretty good last week as well and didn’t play that well but I do feel that this week may suit me more. I struggled a little bit on the greens last week with the grain and having to hit the putts so hard. I do prefer the faster greens so I think that will be more suited to me this week and I hope to do well. It’s one of those situations where I have to do well because otherwise I’ve got no chance of winning the money list when we get to Dubai. I really need a win this week otherwise it might be over and done with.”
Brewerton lies in third place on the LET Money List, with earnings of 217,175.10 Euros, 56,440 Euros behind the leader Sophie Gustafson.
She thought Cypress Golf & Resort played similarly to the Evian Masters Golf Club in France, where she led the first three rounds of the Evian Masters in July and eventually finished in a tie for 13th place.
“Just the way it plays, it pitches and stops in the fairway. The greens are like glass but they are very receptive when you hit it into them. There’s not as much water but some of the holes did remind me a bit of some of the holes at Evian with the long par fours and par fives.”
Skarpnord is targeting a third victory of the season after wins in Switzerland and Italy. She currently lies in fourth place on the LET’s Henderson Money List and is also a fan of the challenging Cypress course.
“I think it’s a great course. The fairways are good, they are maybe a little wide but that’s okay. Because of the wind some of the holes are pretty long and I think it’s very good that we’re playing challenging golf, not drives and sand or pitching wedges all the time. In Europe I think we have too many tournaments on short courses. The greens are pretty good. They are fast and when the wind is blowing they are really fast. That’s a bit difficult. It’s a great course; lovely,” she said.
While Brewerton and Skarpnord are making their first visits to South Korea, Rawson is appearing for the third time.
Rawson, aiming for her maiden professional title said: “The course is great, I really like the layout; it’s pretty. It’s playing a little long. The fairways are very wet so the ball gets no roll but that’s fine. It’s long for everyone. I think that the scores won’t be very low.”
The first round of the Daishin Securities Tomato Tour Korean Ladies Masters begins at 8.20am local time on Friday, with the final group teeing off at 10.44am. There be a re-draw for the second round before a cut to the leading 60 players and ties after 36 holes. Live television coverage will be broadcast from 1pm-4pm on JGolf in South Korea as well as on MBC ESPN.